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28 THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, November I, 1973 To make home in Superior in Milk was 5c a quart and butter was 20c per potmd. This doesn't seem possible, but Chauncey B. Mickelsen recalls that these prices have been paid since he started employment with the Farmers Union Co-op Creamertes~ now known as the Central States Division of Mid-America Dairymen, Inc, Oct. 1 washis retirement date, but he and Mrs. Mickelsen were honored at a retirement party on Sept. 18 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club in Superior. One hundred and thirty-six employees, friends and relatives were present. He was presented a 40-year plaque, a tape recorder with well wishes from friends, taped that evening, and a cash gift. Gene Frerichs, Superior office manager of Mid-Am, was master of ceremonies. Others, who spoke during the evening, were Robert H. Downing, Superior, the company's attorney for 30 years; Dr. L. K. Crowe, retired, University of Nebraska Dairy Department, Lincoln; Louis Overmiller, Ord, former president of the Farm- ers Union Creameries; and James Garrison, Springfield, Mo., Mid-Am vice president of mantffacturing and engineering. Special guests were their son-in-law and dauQhter, Mr. and Mrs. Elville Arntt, Steele City, his sister, Mrs. Blanche Stick- hey, Edgemont, S.D., and her sister, Mrs. Frances Saylor, Fullerton. The bonorees' son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Mickelsen of Springfield, Mo., and two grarldsons were unable to attend. The guest book included names of persons from Springfield, Norfolk, Omaha, Grand Island, Broken Bow, Aurora, Fairbury, Osceola, Fullerton and Lincoln. Mr. Mickelsen's boyhood home was at Ruskin, and he graduated from Ruskin High School. His parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Hans Mickelsen. His father was a carpenter. Chauncey, as his friends call him, came to Superior in April, 1931, and worked a few months for the Farmers State Bank, and then for four months with the Farmers Union Coop Creamery. It being in the depression years, both firms felt that they could get along without him. June 26, 1933, he went to Aurora, where he began his 40-year career with the Farmers Union. It was in Aurora where he met Esther Johnson and they were married in 1936. Wages paid the employees at Aurora when Mr. Mickelsen started were $50 per month. Later they had to increase the wages 25c per hour which boosted the take-home pay to $60 per month. Mrs. Mickelsen remarked she received only from $5 to $8 per week as assistant librarian. Many changes have come about in the dairy industry the past 40 years. At first, they were buying only farm separated cream, most of it through cream receiving stations in the area which included a good share of Nebraska north- ern Kansas, eastern Wyoming and eastern South Dakota. However, they also received some cream shipped direct by farmers in the area. July, 1958, the Farmers Union started the first plck-up routes for milk at the Fairbury plant, ca CONGRATULATIONS. Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey B. Mickelsen are being congratulated by Robert H. Downing (center). Mr. Mickelsen retired as of Oct. 1, but were honored here on Sept. 18 by the Central Stales Division of Mid-America Dairymen. Mr. Downing has been the company's lawyer for 30 years. --Express Photo and then later added to the other plants. The Superior plant started purchasing whole milk in April, 1960, foUowmg the completion of a new drying plant, started the previous year. Mr. and Mrs. Mickelsen moved to Fairbury on Nov. 10, 1937, where he was named manager of the plant, and on March 15, 1959, they moved to Superior where he became general manager of the Farmers Union, replacing Carl C. G. Jensen, who served nearly two years, following the death of J. C. Nor~aard, long-time manager. Jan. 1, 1969, the Farmers Union Co-op Creamersies were consolidated with Nebraska- Iowa Milk Producers Association and Farmers Cooperative Creamery at Fullerton to form Central States Dairy. Central States merged with Mid-America Dairymen on April 1, 1970. Butter is no longer a product of the Superior plant, but Mr. Mickelsen remarked that as much as 16 million pounds of butter had been churned at the four Farmers Union plants in one year. In the last few years, all of the milk has been received in bulk tanks. Before that all the milk was brou~ht in in cans. In the f~l of 1961, a second dryer was put in and in 1966 a large storage room was added. A new plant for the cheese operation was con- structed in 1969, and in 1972 a building for the Leprino Cheese firm was built. "In fact," Mr. Mickelsen said, "Practically every part of the old Farmers Union Creamery building has been rebuilt or remodeled, except the stairway leading to the office." Oct. 15, 1970, Mr. Mickelsen was named manager of manufacturing for the Central States Y ears Division of Mid-America Dairymen, and he and Mrs. Mickelsen moved to Omaha. He was in charge of all manufacturing plants in this area. Last week, they returned to their home in Superior where they are sure they will find plenty to do. Mr. Mickelsen says he plans to play a lot of golf, fish, hunt, work in the yard and even do a little carpenter work. They are members of the United Presbyterian O~urch of Superior and he is a member of the Masonic Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Royal Arch of the Council and Commandery of Fairbury, a member of the Shrine in Lincoln and a past exalted ruler and a member of the Fairbury Elks Lodge. Mr. Mickelsen also organized the first meeting for the Superior Elks Lodge and was in charge of the first initiation for a class of more than 200. Mrs. Mickelsen is a past matron of Dashti Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star at Fairbury and both have been active in Girl Scout and Boy Scout work. He is presently president of the Nebraska Dairy Industry Association, is a member of the board of directors of the Nebraska Technology Society and is president of the Industries' Mutual Insurance Company of Omaha, an insurance company, primarily for cooperatives. Mr. Norgaard helped to organize and was a board member. Mr. Mickelsen also served on the Tire Rationing Board while in Jefferson County. Recently Mr. and Mrs. Mickelsen returned from Springfield where they visited their son and wife and were entertained at a company party at the Lake of the Ozarks. Last Tuesday they at- tended a party given in their honor by the American Dairy Association near Niobrara, Neb. PRESENTED PLAQUE. James Garrison of Mo., vice president of manufacturing and engineering, is presenting Chauncey B. AAicketsen with a 40-year The presentation was made at the retirement party Sept. 18. --Ex Part Time Jobs - We Will Train Good Pay-Retirement-Learn A Stop In or Call The National Guard Armory mANHATTAN 539-0241CLAY CENTER SALINA 827-1702SALINA MANKATO 378-3181CONCORDIA ABILENE 263-1822BELOIT Write To: National Guard Engineers Box 9, Manhattan, KS 66502 ARMY GUARD ENGINEERS I @ tl e e e Mr. Gary's Cafe and Mrs. Gary Follmer Fifth and Bloom Hill Top Cafe Mrs. Blanche Jensen Highway 14 North Superior Diesel and Machine Shop Jim Schlarb Highway 8 East Superior Arnold 212 Tire Company Ehlers and Sons Commercial